Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When the Lord

 7Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. 

 When the Lord

You can just hear the wistfulness in the voice of the Psalmist, Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! In many ways that is right where we are at today. How quickly the difficulties and troubles of our time wash over us so that we, too, say, "Oh that God would come today!" In an instant, none of the things that consume our lives will matter any more, will they?

So, when will the Lord return? When will time on this earth cease to exist? When the LORD! The time, nor the method is in our hands, is it not? Salvation for Israel - yes, salvation for all the saints of God will come when the Lord has predetermined it to be. 

Does that mean there is some doubt as to whether the Lord will come? Does that mean that God is not in control right now? Neither of those examples are true. God has always been in control, is always in control, and will always be in control! What a great comfort to Christians. 

There is no "if" in verse 7 of Psalm 14. It does not say, If the LORD brings back the captivity of his people, but rather, "when" the LORD brings back the captivity of his people. For us, there is no "if" regarding the Lord's return. We do not say, if the Lord returns, but rather, we say when the Lord returns.

Can you imagine the celebration among the people of God when the Lord returns to claim His people for all eternity? There is no celebration here on this earth that can compare. 

I hesitate to bring this up, because it so pales in comparison to the Lord's return, but in the United States, we just experienced the Super Bowl, which would claim one National Football League team to be the world champions of football. This year the Green Bay Packers won that honor. Coming from Wisconsin, I understand the meaning of winning that championship for the City of Green Bay. The whole city shut down to celebrate, even closing the public schools. My nephew was one of the city ambassadors who was in the official receiving line welcoming the team home.

We do know how to celebrate, do we not? Every culture has their celebratory events, and each year tries to outdo the year before. But nothing we could ever do will compare to the celebration of the Lord's return.

Salvation has been provided for sinful man through the perfect blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord returns, will you be an ambassador in the welcoming committee consisting of all the Christians from the beginning to the end of time?

Oh that will be, glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.

God Bless You,

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